On The Field by Brandon C. Williams
Dallas Keuchel gets the chance to become the first ten-win pitcher in the majors when he takes the mound for the Astros at Kansas City Royals beginning at 7:15pm. Houston’s ace has yet to taste defeat this season and leads the American League in wins, innings and ERA while also not allowing more two runs in each of his last five starts. Keuchel will be opposed by Jason Vargas, who is in the midst of the best start of his career. The 34-year-old Vargas is 7-3 and is second behind Keuchel in both wins and ERA and comes off a complete game shutout of Cleveland Indians in his last start this past Friday. The game can be seen live on Root Sports
Game Three of the NBA Finals tips off just after 8:00pm with defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers trailing Golden State Warriors 2-0. The Cavs do offer a local connection as former Galveston Ball star and 11-year NBA veteran Damon Jones currently serves as a shooting consultant for Cleveland. Jones recently became part of a viral video in where he defeated LeBron James in a game of HORSE.
The Astros close out their road trip with a 7:15pm date against the Royals that can been seen live on Root Sports. Curveball specialist Lance McCullers takes his 6-1 record and 2.71 ERA to the bump when he faces savvy veteran hurler Jason Hammel. McCullers’ curve has been solid in his last two starts, as he has recorded 16 strikeouts over 10.1 innings of work. He comes a shaky outing against the Rangers last Saturday when he threw 96 pitches and failed to get out of the fifth inning. Hammel comes into the game with a 2-6 record and 5.93 ERA and has allowed at least four or more runs in five of his last ten starts.
Barely unpacked, the Astros return home for a nine-game homestand that begins with Los Angeles Angels beginning at 7:10pm. Brad Peacock looks to keep his 3-0 record intact as the fill-in for injured Joe Musgrove takes the mound for Houston against Matt Shoemaker, who comes into the game with a 2-5 record. Houston entered the week 25 games over .500, the earliest a team has done so since 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Astros were also on pace to tie the major league record with 116 wins, a mark shared by the ‘01 Mariners and 1906 Chicago Cubs.
The Astros will have an early start when they face the Angels at 3:10pm. Mike Fiers and his 2-2 record goes to the mound for Houston and will be opposed by 2-6 Ricky Nolasco. Following the game, the Astros will present Faith and Family Night, presented by Chick-Fil-A. Greenville-based Christian rock group Mercy Me will perform songs off their new record, “Lifer,” which is currently atop the Billboard Christian album charts.